Living with Chronic Conditions

Millions of us suffer from chronic illnesses, from asthma and diabetes to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic illnesses are persistent and long lasting. Our experts—including those with chronic conditions—offer tips, treatments and advice to ease the burden.

Time to tame your sweet tooth?

A healthy diet and an active lifestyle can help you steer clear of sugar cravings—but it's also important not to deprive yourself.

Patient Story

A mother’s lifesaving gift to her son

Michelle Fletcher donates her own kidney to her son Isaac.

When alcohol makes you blush

Wine, beer and spirits can sometimes trigger an allergic reaction that results in redness and rashes.

Patient Story

Living fully with lung disease

Asthma, COPD, cancer. Emily Seroka struggled for decades with lung problems—but the pulmonary rehabilitation program taught her how to breathe easier through it all.

Patient Story

‘We are so blessed’

After Don Westhouse suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while water skiing, it took a team to bring about a remarkable recovery.

Patient Story

‘It’s so joyous’

For Dixie Schultz, 85, the diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder finally opened the pathway to a dramatic recovery.

Patient Story

‘Moving and grooving’

After spending his first months of life in the NICU, Axle Lensky and his family celebrate his first year at home in trademark fashion—a luau-themed dance party.

‘It’s about being in the moment’

Rehab and nursing residents harness the power of music to lift their spirits and relight cherished memories.

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‘The best feeling in the world’

Advanced brain-mapping technology and brain surgery give a Michigan boy, 6, hope for a life without seizures.

Enjoy those merry meals—in moderation

There's no reason to stress about your diet at the holidays, even if you have diabetes. A good plan and a bit of mindfulness can help.

Trouble on third shift?

Millions of Americans work overnight. The right strategies for sleep, nutrition and exercise can make it easier—and healthier.

A lurking liver trouble

About 1 in 4 adults have an abnormal buildup of fat in the liver—and they may not even realize it.